Your monthly intake of education news from all around China. 
August 2022

Restrictions and Concerns

Hi everyone,

High temperatures have been scorching regions all around the world, while the application season is starting to heat up. However, there are still some lingering concerns that must be addressed.

Updates from China

EducationUSA recently held an in-person fair in Shanghai, exploring a wide range of relevant topics for Chinese applicants, including updates to the admissions process and implications for visa applications. Session videos and more information can be found here.

In another response to rising domestic unemployment rates in China, Anhui Province ordered universities to "halt enrollment" for majors with employment rates below 60%. This would put many popular majors at risk, including finance, law and languages, and sparked much discussion about whether this is an improvement or a step backwards for the domestic education climate.In addition, numbers show that foreign languages are no longer popular majors in the current situation.

Student Concerns

With the domestic focus on “high employment” majors, more Chinese students may consider overseas institutions for opportunities to study their intended majors. However, COVID continues to be a top factor in study abroad decisions for Chinese students. The concerns about such risks have proved surprisingly long-lived, particularly in light of new pandemic variants and continuing domestic lockdowns.

This may be a factor in the recent decrease in Chinese students studying in the US, but data show a long-term decline of interest; the UK has outpaced the US and has taken the lead as the top study destination, a trend which began before the pandemic. According to analysts, the US international education may "bounce back," but recovery depends on the efforts of US institutions to engage with the China market and better address concerns prospective students may have.

Our Top 5 Articles

Find session videos and more details from the EducationUSA fair in Shanghai.
Anhui Province halts enrollment for majors with employment rates below 60%, leading to a wide range of reactions.
Explore the differences between the concerns and characteristics of Chinese students and those from other countries.
Why are foreign languages losing popularity among Chinese students and what may be the implications?
As the number of Chinese students in the US declines, US institutions are faced with addressing the concerns of Chinese students, while expanding their outreach.
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